News Anchor that Fell had Multiple SclerosisAuthor: Jon Martin | Sunday, April 4th, 2010 |
Seen this video? It did decent on GawkerTV. It turns out the anchorwoman that fell was named Melanie Lawson and she has Multiple Sclerosis. More details after the jump.
Once you realize that the woman isn’t clumsy and that she has a medical condition, the video becomes very painful to watch. Obviously she was very embarassed but she played a long… and of course it ended up on television and she became a big joke. If anyone had spent any time checking who the woman was or what her background was, they might have realized what really happened. No one cares about facts! Even me! I’m not perfect either.
Earlier this week I did a post on GawkerTV about congressman Hank Johnson from Georgia. While he was speaking in congress and asking a marine admiral questions, he asked the admiral if the island of Guam could capsize due to over-crowding. That sounds like a ridiculous question… and it is. However, I found out later that he has Hepatitis C and his medication is making him like this.
I guess the bottom-line is that fact-checking is key, even if you are trying to get news out as fast as possible. Imagine if MSNBC had discovered she had MS while fox news was laughing at her in their morning show? I mean, imagine if MSNBC had pointed out to Gawker that we were laughing at someone with MS? I have to admit, I didn’t even see the video until a few days ago.. but something looked amiss, the other anchors don’t seem to be laughing very much.
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